Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 Panini Prizm -- All the Dodgers Cards

Panini's Prizm baseball card brand has just hit store shelves, and I've pics of most of the Dodger cards to share here. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, there are over 25 different parallels available, so good luck if you're a 'player collector'.

Base Tier I

#16 Justin Turner                #18 A.J. Pollock

Blog Kiosk: 5/21/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This looked painful.

Featured above is an Associated Press photo of Duke Snider falling like a tree after getting plunked by NY Giants hurler Marv Grissom on Tuesday, June 29, 1954 (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
THE DUKE IS FELLED.  Duke Snider, hard-hitting centerfielder of the Brooklyn Dodgers, holds his right elbow and falls to the ground after being hit by ball being pitched by Giant relief hurler Marv Grissom in tenth inning of game at Polo Grounds, New York, night of June 29. An examination showed no break, but Snider could hardly lift his arm later. Giants won, 4 to 3, in 13th inning.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 Topps Total - Wave 1 - All the Dodger Cards

Several weeks back Topps announced that they would be bringing back their Topps Total brand. For those who don't know -- which includes myself since I wasn't collecting when this initially came out in the early-2000's -- Topps Total is a card set that seeks to give every Major League ballplayer their own card. In other words, it's meant to be a comprehensive set that will include everyone. So, if you are looking for a 2019 card of Dylan Floro, Scott Alexander, and Pedro Baez then this is the set for you.

Unlike its older brethren these cards are only being sold exclusively online, and they've been broken up into 100-card blocks (or Waves, as they are calling it) to be sold every three weeks in 10-card packs. For instance, Wave 1, which is already sold out, sold a grand total of 5,837 packs, so this translates into approximate print run of 583 cards each. Go here for a checklist for Wave 1.

As you'll notice, four Dodgers' are a part of this first Wave -- Kershaw, Freese, Barnes and Jansen. Check them all out below. BTW, Wave 2 is currently on sale through Topps and this block of 100 cards includes four Dodgers -- Pollock, Ferguson, Ryu and Bellinger. Go here to order these cards (you have until Friday).

Base - Wave 1

#16 Clayton Kershaw              #27 David Freese

Blog Kiosk: 5/20/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Hyun-Jin Ryu is pitching every bit like the 'Monster' he was billed to be when he first came from Korea to become a Dodger in 2013. He is currently riding a 31 scoreless consecutive innings streak after throwing seven innings of five-hit ball to win his sixth game of the year against the Reds, 8-3. Overall, he is sporting league leading statistics in ERA (1.52), Whip (0.742) and strikeout to walk ratio (14.75). That last stat is particularly impressive. In 59 innings pitched this season he has walked only four.... FOUR! Per Jeff Wallner at MLB.com:
“He’s locked in right now with everything, his entire pitch mix,” said Roberts. “It’s fun to watch a player in a zone like that. I felt like he was in complete control.”
Photo above via Ryan Meyer/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Kyle Garlick!

The Dodgers have once again shuffled their roster. Along with both Caleb Ferguson and Matt Beaty, the Dodgers are bringing up 27-year old Kyle Garlick for his first stint of Major League ball.
He is a southern California kid (La Habra) who plays the outfield, and bats and throws right-handed. This season at Oklahoma City he is slashing .280/.375/.627/1.002 in 35 games, and has exhibited some pop. He has ten homers so far, to go along with 20 RBI and 20 runs scored. Over five minor league seasons (covering 418 games) he is slashing a more than respectable .283/.341/.519/.860 with 78 career homers. Per Baseball Prospectus:
A 28th-round senior sign in 2015, Garlick is old for the level. He shows natural bat-to-ball skills and raw strength that translates into game power despite an unorthodox swing that doesn't incorporate much lower half. That swing has undergone some overhaul since last summer, specifically in the setup and launch, and his production hasn't missed a beat. He wants to hit in the box, though he has exhibited improvement in his command of the zone against hard stuff in particular this spring. The successful adjustments are a good sign, though the path is narrow. Poor foot speed limits his ceiling on the bases and in the field, so the bat will need to carry him to a 25-man cameo or three.

2019 Bowman Mega Box Chrome - All the Dodgers Cards

The newest retail exclusive product is now sitting on store shelves of your local Target. It is Topps 2019 Bowman Mega Chrome Boxes and for $19.99 you get four regular 2019 Bowman packs (originally released in mid-April) and two exclusive Mega Box Chrome packs. The Mega Box Chrome packs pulls 100 cards from the 2019 Bowman base set and uses a unique background design -- called "mojo" -- with a chromium finish to distinguish it from the Bowman brand. This hexagonal-styled parallel can only be found in these packs. Four Dodger prospects are a part of the 100 card mojo base set -- Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz, Gavin Lux and Cristian Santana. There is also an autographed mojo card of Cristian Santana and an insert mojo card of Will Smith. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base Chrome Mojo

#BCP-80 Dustin May            #BCP-118 Keibert Ruiz